Blessing of Thanksgiving food, Larimer County Food Bank donations

Larimer County Food Bank donations - December 2016 - St. Joseph Catholic School.
Larimer County Food Bank donations – December 2016 – from St. Joseph Catholic School.

Bring your own Thanksgiving food — breads, pastry or wine and gifts for the Food Bank — to be blessed during the Mass of Thanksgiving, 9:00 a.m., Thursday, November 23.

You are invited to place your bread or pastry and your wine or juice for your Thanksgiving table on Mary’s Altar prior to Mass. Father will bless these after Communion.

Father will also bless your gift of food for the Food Bank of Larimer County. Please keep Food Bank items in your pew until the Offertory Procession. Ushers will help direct you with this procession. If you prefer to give a monetary contribution to the Food Bank, we will provide a collection basket.

Thanksgiving food blessing, office closures, schedule changes

Please note that there is only one Mass on Thanksgiving Day, and one Mass only, at 9 a.m., on Friday, November 24. There are no scheduled Confessions these two days. Incense will be used at the Mass of Thanksgiving.
Parish offices and Saint Joseph Catholic School will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Also, there will be no Middle School Youth Group on Wednesday, Nov. 22, no SoulCore on Thursday, Nov. 23, and no Elementary Religious Education on Sunday, Nov. 26. High School Youth Group will have a Social Night on Sunday, Nov. 26. Have a blessed holiday!

Remember to visit our Jesse Tree and help make Christmas happier for someone in need: http://www.stjosephfc.org/jesse-tree-catholic-charities/

Veterans invited 9:30 a.m., Nov. 10

veterans graphic - lpi - st joseph catholic church - ft collins - co - 80521Join us as we pay special tribute to our United States veterans as well as military personnel presently serving in the United States Armed Forces at a 9:30am Mass, Fri., Nov. 10, in the church. This Mass is in your  honor. Meet at the entrance of the church at 9:15 a.m. and an Honor Guard will escort you in. Following Mass, Saint Joseph Catholic School 8th-Graders will host a reception for you and your family in Meredith Hall. If you have pictures you would like to share, please bring them. Additional parking will be available in the parking lot across the street in the old Steele’s parking lot. RSVP to interim principal Nick Blanco by Nov. 6 at (970) 484 – 1171, or email nblanco@gosaintjoseph.org. All denominations are welcome.

Bishop Rodriguez urges planting ‘seeds’ at appreciation banquet

Clergy and religious appreciation banquet honorees, Oct. 17, 2017.
Serra Club of Norther Colorado clergy and religious appreciation banquet honorees, Oct. 17, 2017.

Denver Bishop Jorge Rodriguez celebrated Mass and spoke at the 9th Annual Clergy and Religious Appreciation Banquet hosted by the Serra Club of Northern Colorado, Tues., Oct. 17, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.

Bishop Rodriquez told appreciation banquet attendees that a nun took him to visit the poor and sparked his vocation

Bishop Rodriguez, who became interested in the priesthood when a nun took him with her to visit the poor, urged attendees to be the seed of encouragement for someone who shows signs of interest in religious life.

Our very own Fr. Simon Kalonga and Deacon Jerome Kraft, last photo, show off their hand-made appreciation gifts. For information about the Serra Club, contact Patsy Kress at (970) 225 – 1285.

Curious about being a priest? Visit the vocations page at the Archdiocese of Denver: https://archden.org/vocations/

Archdiocese of Denver Bishop Jorge Rodriguez - clergy and religious appreciation Mass, Oct. 17, 2017.
Bishop Rodriquez reminds the congregation that Jesus loves them for who they really are at the Mass honoring clergy and religious.
Serra Club of Northern Colorado clergy and religious appreciation banquet - Oct. 17, 2017
Serra Club of Northern Colorado clergy and religious appreciation banquet – Oct. 17, 2017
Fr. Simon Kalonga - Deacon Jerome Kraft - Serra Club of Norther Colorado clergy and religious appreciation banquet - Oct. 17, 2017
Fr. Simon Kalonga and Deacon Jerome Kraft show off their hand-made appreciation gifts.